Welcome to Adolescent Medicine

Portrait of smiling school kids forming a huddle in campus at school

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Adolescent Medicine provides the majority of its clinical services at Children's Hospital Colorado, in Aurora.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Department of Pediatrics, and Children's Hospital Colorado offer a one- or three-year fellowship in adolescent medicine

The Adolescent Medicine faculty is interested in an array of issues dealing with the major morbidity and mortality of this age group, including health services delivery, violence, sexual health and disease, teenage pregnancy, violence, mental health, and gynecologic disorders.

Leadership

 

Diane Straub, MD, MPH headshotDiane Straub, MD, MPH, received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1995 and her Master’s in Public Health degree from Harvard University in 1996. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University in 1999 and a fellowship in adolescent medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in 2002. She became section head in 2021 and replaced Dr. David Kaplan, who served as Section Head for 37 years.

Prior to coming to CU, Straub was at the University of South Florida where she was Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine from 2006-2021.

Chronicling Adolescent Medicine

1957 — The Adolescent Clinic, one of the first in the nation, begins when C. Henry Kempe schedules “special teen days” each week within the Colorado General Hospital pediatric clinic. Ida Nakashima serves as director.  

1965 — The Adolescent Clinic moved to its own space at Colorado General Hospital and Henry Cooper is named director of the program.

1967— The Adolescent Fellowship—one of the first Adolescent Medicine training programs in the country—was launched by the School of Medicine. 

1984 — David Kaplan becomes Section Head and establishes the first Adolescent Clinic at Children’s Hospital. The Adolescent Medicine Inpatient unit is also established.

1986 — The Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at The Children’s Hospital is established by David Kaplan and David Raney.

1986 — The Eating Disorder Program, one of the first in the nation, is started by Jennifer Hagman, Eric Sigel and David Kaplan at The Children’s Hospital.

1987 — Denver’s first School-Based Health Center—also one of the first in the nation—is founded at Abraham Lincoln and East High Schools by David Kaplan.

1991 — Catherine Stevens-Simon establishes the Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program (CAMP) and the Young Mother’s clinic, one of the first “teen-tot” programs in the country

2000 — The Adolescent Medicine fellowship program is accredited after establishment of Adolescent Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics as a distinct pediatric subspecialty. 

2009 — The Adolescent Family Planning Clinic (BC4U), is established by Elizabeth Romer and David Kaplan.  

2011 — The HIV research effort led by Daniel Reirden and Elizabeth McFarland is named a NICHD-funded adolescent trials network site.

2012 — Based on his work in youth violence prevention, Eric Sigel is awarded a $1,025,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre to study ways to leverage health care to decrease the impact of firearm injury. 

2013 — The School of Medicine establishes a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program with Dan Reirden as named co-director.

7,000

Adolescent Medicine clinic visits/year

6,500

Adolescent Family Planning (BC4U) clinic visits/year

1,200

TRUE Center visits/year

The Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado offers a full range of primary, secondary, and tertiary health care to teenagers in the Denver metropolitan area. Consultative services are provided to adolescents with complex physical and emotional problems who are referred from throughout the Rocky Mountain area.

The Eating Disorders Program at Children's Colorado is recognized nationally for the management of complicated cases, providing both inpatient and outpatient services.

The Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program (CAMP) at Children's Colorado is a multidisciplinary prenatal and postnatal program that addresses three critical issues in maternal and child health: the frequency of late, inadequate prenatal care; the large number of preterm births; and the high rate of recidivism, school failure, and welfare dependency among adolescent mothers and their children.

The Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado includes a multidisciplinary team of pediatricians and gynecologists with expertise in evaluating abnormal Pap smears; chronic lower abdominal pain; amenorrhea and dysfunctional uterine bleeding; persistent vaginitis; dysmenorrheal; and they provide contraception for those with chronic diseases.

The Adolescent Family Planning Clinic, BC4U (Birth Control for You), is a new expanded program offering free birth control methods to adolescents and young adults. Although both the Adolescent Medicine and Young Mothers Clinic have always provided birth control services to teens, through expanded Title X funding, we have opened this new clinical service with outreach into the community. The program is focusing on long acting contraception, IUDs, Implanon and Depo-Provera. Our goal has been to develop a model of family planning care for adolescents and young adults that will improve their knowledge of and access to contraception and increase awareness to adolescents in our community who are currently unaware of the family planning services we offer. We have three locations that these services are offered at:

Children’s Hospital Colorado Hospital
13123 E 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Littleton Specialty Clinic
151 W County Line Rd
Littleton, CO 80129

Care by Children’s Hospital Colorado
3455 Lutheran Pkwy
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Pediatric Clerkship

Adolescent Medicine is an important part of the pediatric clerkship curriculum for third-year medical students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Our faculty provides a lecture in adolescent medicine as part of the clerkship's core lecture series.

Medical School Elective

An elective in adolescent medicine is available for fourth-year medical students who have successfully completed a pediatric clerkship.

Residency

Clinical training during residency includes experience with primary adolescent health care and specific problems common during adolescence, including abnormalities of growth and development; orthopedic and sports medicine problems; issues relating to sexuality and reproductive health; psychosocial, mental health, and substance abuse problems; and the management of teenagers with chronic illnesses and recurrent somatic symptoms.

Fellowship

The University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Children's Cololrado offers a one- or three-year fellowship in adolescent medicine. The fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education. The goal of the fellowship is to provide physicians who are board eligible in pediatrics, internal medicine or family medicine with in-depth training in adolescent medicine that will prepare them for a career in clinical or academic medicine.

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